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We take a look at the star-stud­ded cast of the new se­ries of WDYTYA?

The days are get­ting longer and the weather’s warm­ing up (if only slightly) and soon the na­tion’s thoughts will turn to straw­ber­ries and cream, lazy days on the beach and Wim­ble­don.W Yes, sum­mer’s here and for us ge­neal­o­gist­sli thath means justj one thinghi – theh new se­ries of Who Do You Think You Are? is just around the cor­ner! And this year it looks set to start in mid-Au­gust*.

So what’s in store this se­ries? Well the celebri­ties won’t dis­ap­point – there’s a great mix of names from a choir­mas­ter to a fash­ion icon. On their fam­ily his­tory odysseys this year, we’ll join ac­tors Jane Sey­mour, Sir Derek Ja­cobi, Anne Reid, and Frances de la Tour; Paul Hol­ly­wood, judge on The Great

Bri­tish Bake Off Gareth Malone, pre­sen­ter of The Choir; for­mer model and ac­tor Jerry Hall; ac­tor, screen­writer and nov­el­ist Mark Gatiss; jour­nal­ist Frank Gard­ner; and

Coun­try­file pre­sen­ter Anita Rani. Se­ries pro­ducer Kathryn Tay­lor is very ex­cited about this se­ries and be­lieves it will of­fer view­ers some­thing new: “Ev­ery se­ries is dif­fer­ent be­cause each in­di­vid­ual celebrity brings their own per­son­al­i­tyy and take on life to the sto­ries they un­fold and dis­cover. But this se­ries has a lot of vaa­ri­ety in it – and some very un­usual sto­ries. It spans a big­ger his­tor­i­cal time­frame and moree ge­og­ra­phy than other se­ries – it takes us all around the world through a huge vari­iety of his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods.

“There are cer­tain ‘ bits of his­tory’ the se­ries can crash into quite reg­u­larly, be­causeb of the avail­abil­ity of records in cer­tainn pe­ri­ods, or fairly uni­ver­sal mo­ments ofo so­cial or eco­nomic change,” she says. “But in this se­ries we have man­aged to un­eearth some less-well-known sto­ries, too.”

In­deed, this year there’s ev­ery­thing from Huguenots, hys­te­ria and Vic­to­rian as­sy­lums to sui­cide, forgery and a Restora­tion bed­room farce, with – as we’ve come to ex­pect from WDYTYA? – a whole heap of mys­ter­ies and some ex­pert de­tec­tive work.

So, join us as we tick off the days to the big fam­ily his­tory rev­e­la­tions and fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries of some of the UK’s topp celebri­ties.


Al­to­gether noow – laaaaaah! Choir­mas­ter GGareth’s mu­si­cal tal­ent haas given us The

Choir and sev­eral spin- ooffs in which child ren and adults fromm all walks of

life and abil­i­ties, com me to­gether to sing g – of­ten very mo ov­ingly. In 2012, he wwas awarded an OBE for his ser­vic ces to mu­sic.


Who can for­get Frances as Miss Jones, the un­will­ing love in­ter­est in 70s sit­com Ris­ing

Damp? The award­win­ning film, theatre and TV ac­tress has be­come a favourite for a new gen­er­a­tion as a head­mistress in the Harry Pot­ter movies and in BBC com­edy Big School.


With his ex­per­tise in bread mak­ing and his abil­ity to spot a soggy bot­tomm at 100 paces, Paul is one half of the judginng panel for The

Great Bri­tish Bake Offf and spin-spin offs for Sports Re­lief and Comic Re­lief. ( The other half is, of course, cook­ery leg­end Mary Berry, who fea­tured in WDYTYA? last year). The son of a baker, Paul fol­lowed in his father’s (and grand­fa­ther’s) foot­steps and af­ter serv­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship, worked as head baker at some of the coun­try’s top ho­tels. He has writ­ten ex­ten­sively on bak­ing and his TV show, Paul Hol­ly­wood’s Bread, has been the toast of the BBC BBC.


When Corona­tion Street’s Va­lerie Tat­lock and Ken Bar­low – the first of the soap opera su­per cou­ples – tied the knot in 1962, the episode was watched by a whop­ping 15.8 mil­lion view­ers. It was Anne Reid’s first big tele­vi­sion role. Since then she has be­come a firm favourite with Bri­tish au­di­ences, serv­ing up com­edy treats as Jean in

Din­ner­ladies, ex­chang­ing words with Mau­reen Lip­man in Ladies of Let­ters, and sashay­ing ( metaphor­i­cally, of course) into our liv­ing rooms along­side Sir Derek Ja­cobi in Last Tango in Hal­i­fax.


Sparkling as Bond girl Soli­taire in

Live and Let Die in 1973 and later star­ring in a string of block­buster movies, ac­tor Jane Sey­mour’s big break was in the BBC’s The

Onedin Line. She now lives in LA and is a reg­u­lar on US TV, hav­ing fea­tured in some top se­ries – most no­tably Dr Quinn,

Medicine Woman.


Jour­nal­ist and pre­sen­ter Anita beg­gan her ca­reer as a re­searcher at the BBC.. She fronted sev­eral news and en­ter­tai­in­ment shows be­fore work­ing as a cric­k­eet reporter on ChChan­nell 4 andd SkySk SS­ports. In 2008, she joined The One Show and co-pre­sented Watch­dog from 2009. Ear­lier this year, Anita donned her wellies and be­came

Coun­try­file’s new­est re­cruit.


Cur­rently the BBC’s Se­cu­rity Correspondent, Frank has won sev­eral awards in­clud­ing, in 2005, an OBE for his ser­vices to jour­nal­ism. He joined the BBC in 1995. While re­port­ing from Saudi Ara­bia in 2004, he was shot and paral­ysed. How­ever, his in­juries haven’t stopped him re­port­ing from the field.


This leg­endary ac­tor has been thrilling au­di­ences with his peer­for­mances on stage and screen for more than 50 years, tak­ing­takig us to places fr­from an­cient Rome (70s TV drama I, Claudius) to Hal­i­fax ( Last Tango in Hal­i­fax). Along the way he’s ap­peared in count­less stage plays and won oo­dles of ac­co­lades. His film cred­its in­clude Gosford Park, Nanny McPhee and The King’s Speech, but those of us with younger chil­dren will recog­nise his vel­vet tones from CBee­bies’ In the Night Gar­den.


‘Disco overed’ by a fash­ion agen nt while sun­bathing in St Tropez, the ac­tress and for­merf model was famo ously with Rolling Ston nes front­man Mick Jagg ger for 20 years. She was briefly en­gaged to Brya an Ferry in the mid -70s, and by 1977 7 her face had grac ced the cov­ers of ove r 40 mag­a­zines. Jerry y’s act­ing ca­reer in­clu udes roles in Tim Bur rton’s Bat­man and som me high-pro­file We est End and d Broad­way per rfor­mances – oh h, and Strictly Comme Danc­ing

in 2012.2


What do Robert Louis Stevven­son, Mal­colm McClaren and thhe hus­band of TV chef Fanny Crad­docck have in com­mon? Yes, they’ve all been played by Mark Gatiss. The comed­dian/ac­tor/ screen­writer/au­thor first hitt our screens

in the ter­ri­fy­ing com­edy TheT League of Gen­tle­man. Since then he’s brought his own spe­cial brand of ghoul­ish whimsy to TV, film, theatre and ra­dio in­clud­ing roles in Game of

Thrones and Wolf Hall;

se­ries such as A His­tory of Hor­ror; and a string of theatre cred­its. Phew! Oh and, ahem, did we men­tion that he’s one of the cre­ative geniuses be­hind Doc­tor Who

and Sher­lock?

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